In his thirty years of working in corporations, Harvard Business School professor Michael Beer has witnessed firsthand how organizational silence derails strategic objectives. When employees can't speak truth to power, senior leaders don't hear what they need to hear about their company's fitness to compete, and employees lose trust in those leaders and become less committed to change.
In Fit to Compete, Beer presents an antidote to silenceprinciples and a time-tested innovative process for holding honest conversations with everyone in your organization. Used by over eight hundred organizations across the globe, the strategic fitness process has helped leaders in a diverse range of industriesincluding medical technology, information technology, banking, restaurant chains, and pharmaceuticalshear the raw but necessary truth about the sources of misalignment between their strategies and their organizations.
In addition to step-by-step instructions, Beer offers detailed and illustrative case studies of companies that have conducted honest conversations to great effect. He also shows how to apply the process more broadly to a variety of strategic challenges and at multiple levels throughout the organization.
Practical, enlightening, and comprehensive, Fit to Compete is the book you should turn to if you to want create winning strategies that your entire company will rally behind.
|Publisher:||Harvard Business Review Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
You can find the author at: truepoint.com/who-we-are/our-people/michael-beer/
Table of Contents
Author's Note ix
Introduction: Why Your Strategy Needs an Honest Conversation 1
Part 1 The Power of Honest Conversations
Chapter 1 How to Lead Honest Conversations 29
Chapter 2 Why Discussing the Undiscussabe Is Transformative 57
Part 2 Honest Conversations in Action
Chapter 3 Fit to Compete: Becoming a Corporate Olympian 85
Chapter 4 Fit to Perform: Overcoming the Silent Killers 117
Chapter 5 Fit to Trust: Overcoming Hierarchy 151
Chapter 6 Fitness to Adapt: Overcoming Complacency 173
Part 3 What If Honest Conversations Were the Norm?
Chapter 7 Corporate Stewardship 201
Chapter 8 The Need for Courage 223
Appendix A Nine Steps of the Strategic Fitness Process 241
Appendix B Research Purpose and Methods 251
Appendix C Questionnaire for Assessing Your Own Organization's Silent Killers 257
About the Author 287